The Next Actor To Leave NCIS Revealed

'NCIS' has been on TV for 16 years, and it appears its popularity is only growing with time. During this time we have seen many good and bad things happen on the screens, including the departure of our favorite actors - Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, and Pauley Perrette. Why do top members of the cast keep leaving the 7th-longest-running scripted primetime TV show in the US? And who's likely to leave 'NCIS' next? Read on to find out.

CHAPTER 1

SASHA ALEXANDER (CAITLIN TODD)

Sasha was the first main character to leave the 'NCIS' cast. She played the part of a Secret Service turned ‘NCIS’ agent Caitlin Todd. Sasha Alexander confessed that she doesn't regret leaving 'NCIS.' However, Alexander told Zap2It she hasn't even thought her decision over, even though the show has high ratings now.

"The show did very well from the beginning. We were consistent, but for whatever reason, it didn't get press coverage then. I always thought it was a great show," she said. "Do I regret leaving? I absolutely don't, for a million reasons that I've never spoken about... for a million reasons that I can't. I had a wonderful time doing it for two years, though."

CHAPTER 2

COTE DE PABLO (ZIVA DAVID)

Although Cote de Pablo is not Israeli, her Ziva David is one of the most outstanding Israeli characters in pop culture. The reason why everybody's favorite Cote de Pablo left ‘NCIS’ is less prominent.

"Unfortunately, because of political things and the scripts not being good enough, I chose not to [stay]. I love this character. I worked eight years in crafting this character and loving her, so when I felt or I perceived the character was not being treated with the respect that she deserved, all the money in the world couldn't buy [me]."

Image Credit: Getty Images

Image Credit: Getty Images

Last year at an appearance at Babson College, de Pablo also revealed what 'NCIS' was thinking of doing with Ziva, had she not decided to leave. And it looks like the star was meant for a future without the CBS drama.

"They were going to send her back to Israel and make her an unfortunate, miserable woman. I said well what do I leave all the women who have watched and followed the show? I didn't think it was fair. And so I said, 'Until someone can really write something fantastic for her, I won't come back"

Cote de Pablo then played in the 'The Dovekeepers,' a 2015 CBS miniseries from the producers of "The Bible," about the standoff by Jewish rebels against the Roman army, and about the siege of Masada.

Click "Continue reading" for Michael Weatherly's confession & Jennifer Esposito's reason for her early departure.